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Thayalan ParamasawamHard Disk
by on Sep 14, 2012 at 2:52:48 am

Good Morning,

for video editing can i u use caviar black(western Digital) hard disk,they is 3 colour...blue,green and black.which hdd is best for video editing.


Thank You
Thayalan Paramasawam


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Alex GerulaitisRe: Hard Disk
by on Sep 14, 2012 at 3:32:25 am

Caviar Black is the fastest of WD large capacity drives.

Alex Gerulaitis
Systems Engineer
DV411 - Los Angeles, CA


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Robert DulferRe: Hard Disk
by on Sep 14, 2012 at 9:05:48 am

In some older posts from other forums I read that black is the quickest in performance at the price of higher noise and power consumption, blue is general, green the slowest but most silent and lower power consumption.

I have a blue 1 TB but am considering a third HDD to optimize speed and space. Is the difference in speed between Black and Blue worth the extra price and extra noise (I have a super silent set-up)?

Asus P8Z68-V Pro gen 3; i7-2600k; 16 GB RAM, ASUS-NVIDIA GTX 570, 240 GB SSD as OS and 1 TB WD as data drive, Coolmaster Silencio 550 silent case (I love it). Adobe Production Premiere CS 6


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Thayalan ParamasawamRe: Hard Disk
by on Sep 14, 2012 at 11:20:38 am

Thank you very much sir for your adivice....in future i have more guestion to improve my video editing

Thayalan Paramasawam


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Alex GerulaitisRe: Hard Disk
by on Sep 15, 2012 at 3:33:32 am

[Robert Dulfer] "Is the difference in speed between Black and Blue worth the extra price and extra noise (I have a super silent set-up)?"

The three Caviar Blacks that are on my desk - I don't ever hear. I do hear the enclosure's fan occasionally when it kicks in. But that doesn't mean anything because I am seriously hard of hearing.

I doubt their noise levels are very different - but if you dig in to their environment specifications, you may find something out.

Bottom line, I'd stay away from Caviar Blacks altogether - (1) haven't had a good experience with them, (2) WD doesn't allow to use them in RAID, (3) Hitachi, even though it was acquired by WD, makes better drives with newer tech.

I'd get Hitachi 7K3000 or better yet, 7K4000 drives - preferably enterprise class versions - any day over Caviar Blacks.

Alex Gerulaitis
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DV411 - Los Angeles, CA


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Thayalan ParamasawamRe: Hard Disk
by on Sep 29, 2012 at 8:59:14 am

hi good evening sir,

how about ssd hard disk..........is this can use for video editing.
(240GB SSD SATA-3 (MLC) 240GB Read - 550 MB/s,Write - 520 MB/s.

Pls adivice me on this matter


Thayalan Paramasawam


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Alex GerulaitisRe: Hard Disk
by on Sep 30, 2012 at 2:54:51 am

It can be, and will likely perform fantastically well - although personally I'd stay away from using SSDs as media storage:
- SSDs don't like lots of stuff being constantly written to them - just not designed for that.
- they still cost close to 10x traditional drives (in $$ per GB) - 5x vs. enterprise class ones
- they're really good where their performance and other benefits (light power usage; tolerance to shocks) matter - which isn't video editing

So for video storage, the concensus is to still use traditional drives - stand-alone or in RAID. RAID0 for 2-3, RAID5 for 4-5, RAID6 for 6+. There are some exceptions though - mostly capturing uncompressed - in BMCC or Hyperdeck.

Alex Gerulaitis
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DV411 - Los Angeles, CA


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Robert DulferRe: Hard Disk
by on Oct 2, 2012 at 3:19:45 pm

Thanks Alex, good advice

I did not started serious video editing work yet, but with all the mess I already have in raw footage and images and normal files the 1 TB HDD is already 75% full. So in the near future I need to get another HDD on my PC, will look into this then. Not much money available, so it might be limited to 1 or 2 Tb, have to check prices here.

Asus P8Z68-V Pro gen 3; i7-2600k; 16 GB RAM, ASUS-NVIDIA GTX 570, 240 GB SSD as OS and 1 TB WD as data drive, Coolmaster Silencio 550 silent case (I love it). Adobe Production Premiere CS 6


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Antoine KruberRe: Hard Disk
by on Jan 25, 2013 at 11:35:42 am

[Alex Gerulaitis] "WD doesn't allow to use them in RAID, (3) Hitachi, even though it was acquired by WD, makes better drives with newer tech.

I'd get Hitachi 7K3000 or better yet, 7K4000 drives - preferably enterprise class versions - any day over Caviar Blacks."


I really pity WD for this bully marketing practice, it's clear they want us to buy their enterprise and more expensive drives as well as I'm sure they lost many system builders fans including me.

However, it seems you would buy Hitachi enterprise builds (more expensive) but not WD counterparts and so still being able to set RAID systems too, any particular reason a part that noise?
I was Seagate's fan too but the last (and no more) 2 drives I bought for an expensive system had the "click" problem, anytime Windows made a request the drive made noise.
I could not return them because it was too hard to complain about but please don't tell me that Seagate didn't know the problem?

Now I'm an happy Hitachi customer (finger crossed) :)


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Alex GerulaitisRe: Hard Disk
by on Jan 25, 2013 at 8:41:00 pm

[Antoine Kruber] "However, it seems you would buy Hitachi enterprise builds (more expensive) but not WD counterparts"

It all depends. With RAID6 and sensible backup strategy, I am not as worried about individual drives' failure rate - it's more about the balance between a failure rate and cost. If WD RE enterprise drives aren't much behind HGST Ultrastars in reliability but cost 20% less - I'll use REs. If I putting two in RAID0 on a customer's system, I'll use Ultrastars, because a single drive failure will surely cause downtime and likely - data loss.

I'd even use WD Reds in some scenarios.

Alex Gerulaitis
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DV411 - Los Angeles, CA


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Thayalan ParamasawamRe: Hard Disk
by on Sep 17, 2012 at 12:45:54 am

good morning,

thank you very much to all who adivice me.

thayalan paramsawam


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